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Flames at Blues Game Preview: What’s old is new again

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The Blues are rocking some divisive duds tonight, and Troy Brouwer’s back.

NHL: OCT 25 Flames at Blues Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Brace yourselves, everyone: the clown jerseys are back.

It’s not permanent and the team’s just having a little fun. Sit back and let them assault your eyes on HDTV in a way that you never could’ve dreamed of in 1997.

As an added bonus, Jordan Binnington is bringing back the CuJo.

You know what else is back? The Blues winning in regulation! Their solid 3-1 handling of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night didn’t come without some casualties, though. Sammy Blais is out for ten weeks and will be having surgery on his wrist, so the Blues went on and signed Troy Brouwer to a one year, two-way deal worth $750,000. This means that tonight’s lines will be a bit adjusted, though Brouwer won’t be making his return just yet. Jacob de la Rose will probably be slotted in centering the fourth line, with Ivan Barbashev up on the second line in Blais’ spot. This is unfortunate, because the Blues’ fourth line is one of their most consistent, but you have to do what you have to do.

The Flames, after a very hot start to the season, have fallen to 10-11-3. They haven’t won a game since November 7th, a losing streak that was started by their 3-2 loss to the Blues in overtime back on November 9th. They should be a tough opponent tonight; they’ve slipped from third in the Pacific Division to a point out of the second wild card. They’re just 4-8-1 on the road, so they might really have to struggle to skate out of Enterprise Center with a win.